Fresh off his first NBA championship and a Finals MVP, Kevin Durant entered his first offseason with the Golden State Warriors. Unbeknownst to anyone affiliated with the Warriors, it would turn out to be a weird and wild offseason for Durant.
The Strangest Season Ever?
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The scoring machine’s offseason has been a head-scratcher, minimally speaking. The whole debacle started ever since he left Oklahoma City in pursuit of a ring in the summer of 2016.
Durant’s Summer Started With A Random Under Armour Attack
“So, nobody wants to play in Under Armour, I’m sorry,” Durant explained. “Like, the top kids because they all play Nike.” No matter how much truth is in this statement, we can’t forget that the player with the richest contract signing in league history and also someone who just so happens to be a fellow teammate of Durant is sponsored by Under Armour.
Durant downplayed the comment by saying Steph Curry was cool and “everybody knows that.” “They just don’t wanna say nothing,” he said.
Durant Then Attacked His Former Team With An Unprovoked Tweet
Harsh words coming from someone who earlier in his career criticized LeBron James for leaving Cleveland to join the Miami Heat to form a “super team” and then he goes out and does the same thing. To bad talk where he spent the start of his career is questionable, to say the least.
His Secret Social Media Account Was Revealed
But the weirdness doesn’t stop there. It was uncovered that Durant has another social media account where he spends time replying to users while often making some harsh comments. One of his responses on his fake account said, “You sit the bench [expletive]. Nobody knows you, me and you know both that when you go to sleep at night you know you don’t get no clock [playing time]. “
Chris Mannix of The Vertical said that “many in Golden State, team officials and players alike, have taken note of Durant’s oddball offseason and are perplexed by it. They see a bright future for Durant in Oakland, league and team sources claim, and are bewildered as to why he is still addressing his past.”
Why would a Finals MVP superstar caliber player with all the talent in the world still be addressing something like that? Could he possibly regret his decision to leave the OK? Perhaps Durant’s apologies could attest to that fact.
A Quick Turnaround
“I played a little too much, and that [epletive] really hurt me,” Durant said. To know that I affected Billy Donovan and the Thunder — like I love those people and I don’t never (want to hurt them).” But that wasn’t enough, and he issued a further and more in-depth apology.
Durant is aware of his highly questionable actions during the 2017 offseason and now the question is whether or not he will repeat his past mistakes or let his talent on the court speak for itself.